IRB Submissions & Post-Approval Actions

To comply with Federal regulations and SU policies, all SU affiliates must submit any proposal involving human participants to the SU Institutional Review Board (IRB), which will assess and help mitigate physical, psychological, legal, and/or social risks by establishing protections reflecting best practices in human participant research and University guidelines.

Remember: no aspect of any study (including recruitment) may begin unless the IRB has issued an exemption determination or project approval.

Submission Process & Post-Approval Actions

Read the step-by-step process and all application tips before submitting your project for review. Missing or incorrect parts can significantly slow processing, and thereby delay your project initiation.

As you develop your project, you might wish to schedule a consultation with the IRB to discuss review levels related to direct/indirect identifiers, ways of mitigating risks to participants, and a robust informed consent process (which might be oral vs. written/signed). At any stage in the process, feel free to contact or 206-296-2585.

*Note:  If you are a part-time SU employee during the academic year, contact us about eligibility for IRB review before submitting your research protocol.